US Women’s Climate Justice Initiative is launching online education and advocacy trainings! Learn more, explore detailed blogs from past sessions and sign up for updates here:http://wecaninternational.org/pages/us-climate-initiative
PURPOSE:to create a collective voice and action base of women from across the U.S concerning climate justice and demanding action on climate change in the lead up to the December 2015 United Nations Paris climate negotiations (COP21), the 2016 U.S. elections, and beyond.
FOCUS AREAS:Frontline and Indigenous communities, women’s empowerment, health and climate change, fracking, tar sands extraction both in the U.S. and Canada, pipeline infrastructure, transition to a just and clean energy future, violence against women/violence against the earth, price on carbon, divest/invest, sustainable businesses, 100% renewable energy, climate justice, power of women’s votes, localization, consumption patterns, ecological economics, community rights and rights of nature, developing new cultural narratives, local farming, connection to nature, impacts of Global North on Global South, 2015 UN climate negotiations, movement building, and long-term systematic analysis.
BACKGROUND:It is internationally recognized that women are absolutelycritical to implementing climate change and sustainability solutions, yet womenneed more prominent spaces and mechanisms tomarshal their united efforts andinvolvement into a clear and defined movement. WECAN, along with allies acrossthe US, is supporting this movement.
Our work is based on a climate justice perspective.We must take into account that womenare disproportionately impacted by climate change and environmentaldegradation, and Indigenouswomen, women of color, women from low-income communities bear a heavier burden fromthe impacts of climate change.
In the US, studies show that more women believe in the scienceof climate change then men, and are more likely to act upon it. Women in the USvote more and give more of their philanthropicdollars to environmental issues.Women in North America determine 80 per cent of all consumer purchases. Imaginehow that market power could be mobilized to significantly reduce carbonemissions through purchasing choices, including eliminating fossil fuelpurchases. Imagine women demandinga change away from endless economic growth models and from currentconsumptionpatterns that are destroying our Earth.
For all these reasons and more we invite you to participate withus at this critical time.